Adventures In Alternative Cinema

Adventures in Alternative Cinema is a new project run by WEM TOWN HALL, that aims to engage young audiences in non-mainstream film.  By focusing on World Cinema, Documentary and Artist Moving Image, the aim is to broaden the horizons and experiences of tomorrow’s commissioners, film makers and audiences and get them hooked today. The project will feature regular screenings and events at Wem Town Hall and Old Market Hall, and will work in partnership with a wide variety of other venues and organisations across Shropshire, including the new Shrewsbury Museum, Mediamaker, and the Shropshire Screens 43 rural venues. After exploring each film genre for six weeks, the participants will design, produce and programme a three day Film Festival that will happen in July 2013.

So far, two groups of Young Programmers have been recruited from Shrewsbury & Wem, who will meet regularly to attend events, screenings and plan for the Summer Film Festival. This course is open to anyone who has an interest in non-mainstream film, and events and screenings will be free to participants of the programme.

This project offers so much more than film studies, it gives young people the opportunity to work with established professionals, and get involved in the efforts that go into promoting and organising a nationally recognised film festival.


Upcoming events include a line up of screenings and events during

Borderlines Film Festival 2013:

Rust and Bone
Belgium 2012
dir: Jacques Audiard     

Screening at WEM TOWN HALL
13th MARCH 2013 7:30pm  




Ping Pong
UK 2012
dir: Hugh Hartford  

screening at  WEM TOWN HALL
14th MARCH 2013 7.30pm 



A free event featuring a presentation on the
documentary Genre by Tom Middleton, and 
Adam Jermaine-Jones, and a panel discussion
with Directors Hugh Hartford (Ping Pong),
Heather Leach (Lust For Life) and

8th MARCH 2013: 11.30am (90 mins)





A free event featuring a presentation on the
documentary Genre by Tom Middleton, and
Adam Jermaine-Jones, and a panel discussion
with Industry  professional Kate Taylor of the
independent Cinema Office

15th MARCH 2013: 11.30am (90 mins)






If you, or anyone you know is interested in the project, or would like to find out more about our upcoming events, see the website:
or contact me on:

Tom Middleton: [email protected]

07946 481073


Tom Middleton Tom Middleton
I have worked in the film digital media industry for over ten years. in 2012 I co-founded the Shropshire Media Network, a Community Interest Media Company that produces creative and engaging films, manages events, and designs digital media workshops.

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